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Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: School of Neuroscience
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Instructional / Teaching Faculty

Job Description

Virginia Tech (VT) invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the School of Neuroscience at the assistant professor level. We are seeking a candidate that will apply innovative approaches to computational, cellular, molecular or systems neuroscience that will complement the expertise of the 15 primary faculty members who have joined the School of Neuroscience since 2015 ( Successful candidates will establish a competitive research program that can attract extramural funding from a wide variety of funding agencies. Competitive salary, space, and start-up packages will be provided and be commensurate with experience.

The School of Neuroscience offers a unique interdisciplinary curriculum spanning multiple colleges throughout the university. Following a “Hands-on, Minds-on” philosophy, Virginia Tech students engage in scholarly research and discovery activities as part of their training. Prospective faculty members must show a sincere interest in teaching undergraduates, be prepared to teach innovative courses, and include undergraduates as a component of their research program.

Virginia Tech is quickly becoming a destination university for the nation’s best students interested in Neuroscience. With over 6,000 graduate students, Virginia Tech also offers graduate programs in many Neuroscience-related disciplines including the Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (BEAM) and the Translational Biology, Medicine and Health (TBMH) programs. Prospective faculty members can draw from an excellent pool of graduate students to support their research program in these and other programs at the university.

Required Qualifications

All applicants must have earned a doctorate (Ph.D., M.D., MD/Ph.D., DVM) in a relevant discipline with post-doctoral experience at the time of appointment. We are interested in all aspects of Neuroscience including but not limited to Neuroscience of Disease, Neurogenetics, Developmental NS, Cognitive NS, Computational & Systems Neuroscience. Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in neuroscience-related research as evidenced by:

  1. Peer-reviewed publications and prior funding through individual federal or foundation support;
  2. A vision to establish an independent research program with a high likelihood to be competitive for extramural grant support;
  3. Demonstrated experience with and commitment to interdisciplinary research;
  4. Vision, creativity, and leadership skills;
  5. A willingness to cross disciplinary boundaries; 
  6. True desire to advise and teach a student body that is diverse with respect to socioeconomic status, interests, and abilities.

Applications must be submitted online at (POSTING #511233) and should include a cover letter describing their interest in the department, curriculum vitae, at least three references, a 3-page research statement, a 1-page teaching statement describing an integrated vision for Neuroscience education, and a diversity statement.  Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference given to candidates with research programs that relate to the immediate programmatic needs of the School and who can quickly establish undergraduate courses that support a rigorous and diverse Neuroscience curriculum. Existing grant support, while not essential, will be considered supportive.

Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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